THURSDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP…. Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* A New York special election to replace former Rep. Chris Lee (R-Craigslist) will be held on May 24. Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R) appears to be the frontrunner, and Democrats have not yet chosen a candidate.
* In Massachusetts, the race to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R) next year has its first high-profile Democrat, with City Year co-founder Alan Khazei forming an exploratory committee. Khazei ran a year ago in the special election that Brown ultimately won, but finished third in the Democratic primary.
* The Republican establishment is already rallying behind former Rep. Heather Wilson’s (R) Senate campaign in New Mexico, but she apparently won’t have a clear shot at the general election. New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is reportedly planning to take Wilson on in a GOP primary.
* Why have Louisiana Democrats struggled to find a challenger to run against Gov. Bobby Jindal (R)? The fact that he’s raised more than $9 million for his campaign probably has something to do with it.
* Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman (R) hasn’t launched his presidential bid just yet, but his team is starting to make some moves in New Hampshire.
* As absurd as it seems, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) continues to consider a presidential campaign, though this week, she said she won’t announce her intentions until early summer.
* The New York Times’ David Brooks reflected on the 2012 presidential race this week, and when the discussion turned to disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), the columnist said, “I wouldn’t let that guy run a 7-Eleven, let alone a country.”
* And looking back over Gallup data from the last several decades, the GOP presidential favorite almost at this point in the cycle nearly always went on to win the party’s nomination. This cycle, however, there is no early favorite.